Woman’s house crushed by city-owned tree. But who is liable?

My story has been featured in the GTA section of today’s Toronto Star. At time of writing, it is the most read, most emailed, and fourth most commented of the day.

My story has been featured in the Toronto Star's GTA section, both in print and online!


Vada Kolish was already having a bad day.

Her cat had died at around 6:30 p.m. Friday and a friend was encouraging to her to go for a walk and purchase a lottery ticket, if only to attract better luck.

But just 15 minutes after she left, a large branch split from the massive city-owned tree on her front lawn and crashed onto her home on 7 Denton Ave., a two-floor detached 1914 house.

“I was devastated, heartbroken,” said Kolish, who was alerted by a neighbour’s phone call.

When she returned, she saw the decades-old Norway maple had crushed the front of her east-end home, a house lovingly renovated and the first she owned by herself.

…Full story at thestar.ca


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